For Immediate Release
April 24, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—Six faculty and staff members at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and have been selected to receive the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Established in 1970, the Chancellor’s Award was created to honor distinguished performance within the State University of New York system. Each award winner received an inscribed certificate and a cast bronze medallion.
Members of The College at Brockport that were recognized this year include:
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service
Katherine Clark, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History: Clark has published six scholarly articles on medieval European history. She is the co-coordinator of Phi Theta Alpha– the national History student honors society. Clark has developed a collaborative learning program teaching students from both Brockport and the National University of Ireland.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Carl Davila, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of History: Davila has demonstrated flexibility by teaching 13 courses on 10 different subjects. He works with students in and out of the classroom and has assisted over 30 students in individual studies. Davila’s commitment to diversity and inclusion can be seen through his Ancient World class that focuses on the theme of gender.
Timothy Henry, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology: Henry has been committed to the development of the Athletic Training Program at Brockport. He has served as the advisor for the Sports Medicine Club since 1997. Henry’s classes prepare students for the Athletic Training Certification Exam, and Brockport students have proven to excel on this test; passing 85% of the time.
Megan Obourn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of English: Obourn seeks to challenge and expand the ideas of her students in the classroom. Her course content places emphasis on diversity, inclusion and critical thinking. Obourn serves as the advisor for English club and SOUL (Sexual Orientations United for Liberation).
Jennifer Ramsay, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology: Ramsay teaches a study abroad course on archaeology in Petra, Jordan. Her goals as a teacher are to demystify research for students and to foster critical thinking and real world application. Ramsay uses cutting-edge technology and software in order to equip her students with invaluable 21st century skills.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
Ruhan Zhao, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics: Zhao has written 15 papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals since his arrival to Brockport in 2005. His work has been recognized among his peers, as his work has been cited in over 700 journal articles. Zhao is on the editorial board for two journals and reviews papers for 35 other journals.
Three Brockport faculty members were also recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
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